Everywhere you go you can see children of all ages holding an iphone, ipad, holding some sort of smart device, or sitting in front of a TV. The screens have their attention more than anything else, and I would ask what’s before their eyes?
I recently wrote on this on my own blog in reference to our adult lives and our walk with the Lord, but it got me thinking about the children of today and what parents are putting in front of them.
As a parent you have the great honor and responsibility to call greatness out of your child. What you teach them and speak into their life are seeds for fruit of the future.
Psalm 101:3 David made a declaration to the Lord,
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes.
David declared this because he knew the worthless things held no value for his life, as well as his walk with the Lord.
Every word you say and lesson you teach your children can be quickly undone with the time they spend with worthless things before them.
It is often said, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” This is truer than we know. What we view begins to be replayed in the theater of our minds. What we tell ourselves in the theater of our minds becomes what we believe in our hearts, and out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matt 12:34) This is why Jesus said to even look at a woman lustfully was the same as committing adultery (Matt 5:28).
I say this because when we allow children to spend their time with worthless things before them, it is planting a seed for future fruit in their lives.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying never let them have some down time. But what can we put in front of them today to produce greater fruit in their life tomorrow?
Calling Out Greatness
I get to interact with teachers and parents almost everyday, and one thing I am a firm believer in is that greatness has to be called out of children. I share this with them regularly. If they are allowed to, most children today will just hang out in front of the TV or stare in to the little blue screen in their hands.
I thank God that he redeemed me from a broken and abusive home. I had men and women outside my home that spoke life into me and directed me to the Lord. I remember at one particular time, someone made the comment that I could be the next Michael Jordan, or the next Billy Graham, or the next Thomas Edison.
The very fact that they believed that I could be great, made me believe it. I have strived since then to leave a lasting impact on my world because someone believed in me enough to call out greatness from within me. For me that impact has been centered around impacting this world for the Lord.
Your children are not here to just take up space and use up resources, and hopefully one-day turn into something great. The seeds you plant today in their life, is what calls the fruit of greatness out of them in whatever realm of life that may be in. When they have worthless things before their eyes, it plants seeds for worthless fruit.
AW Tozer said, “when you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.”
Start today, for tomorrows harvest.
Begin With The End In Mind
One statement that I picked up a while ago from Dr. Stephen Covey was the concept of beginning with the end in mind. Think about that for a second. Beginning with the end in mind.
What kind of legacy do you want your kids to leave in their lifetime?
I would hope a great one, and that begins today. If they are constantly staring at a little blue screen and not spending a few moments in the Word, or exploring the world outdoors, or being challenged to learn and experience new things, the fruit will be worthless as well.
You have to begin today, with the end in mind. You don’t plant tomato seeds and expect cucumbers to grow. The seeds you plant today become the fruit you bear tomorrow. You have to begin now with the end in mind. If you want greatness from your children later, you have to call it out of them starting today.
What that looks like in your home, your neighbor’s home, and the family 1200 miles away will look completely different.
God didn’t put your children here to be a waste of space. They are called to be a reflection of Him in the various realms of life that we encounter. God desires good fruit, nay great fruit, and that great fruit comes from relationship; relationship with Him and walking by His indwelling life. That fruit of greatness will only come from the seeds you plant today.
Remove the worthless things before their eyes and choose to no longer allow your children to “kill time,” because remember, it has no resurrection. Cultivate the heart, mind, and spirit of your children today for greater fruit tomorrow.